His hands strain knuckle white
Gripping the implanted accelerators in his palms.
Multiple needles pierce his body
And he quivers with an endorphin rush.
His legs spin in turbine thrusts,
Heart racing with the pounding of flesh pistons.
He smiles, eyes imploding with glee
As he collides headfirst.
Shattered into a million pieces,
The ritual is complete.
Chad Hensley is an underground explorer of the arcane and horrific in literature, music, and art. His fiction, non-fiction, and poetry have been published all over the world. Look for Chad's fiction in such anthologies as ROC's The Darker Side, The Dead Inn, and Darkness Rising Volume 3: Secrets Of Shadows. His non-fiction has appeared in Feral House's Apocalypse Culture 2, Seconds, Juxtapoz, Gothic.Net, and Jobs in Hell.
His poetry has received honorable mentions in Year's Best Fantasy & Horror and has been nominated for the Science Fiction Poetry Association's Rhysling Award. A collection of his poetry titled What the Cacodaemon Whispered has just been released from Flesh and Blood Press. Last but not least, Chad is also an active member of the Horror Writers Association.
Published by permission of the author.